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Bats, Bees, and Backyard Chickens: UF/IFAS announces its September schedule of classes for Apopka and Orange County
UF/IFAS Extension continues its summer classes and programs for Apopka and Orange County residents in September.
Students still struggling in math, with only 49% passing state Algebra 1 exam in 2022
In a crucial state Algebra 1 exam, 49 percent of students passed in 2022, up from 47 percent from the year before, according to Florida Department of Education data.
Creating a renaissance at Orange County’s Magnolia Park
An Eco-Education center, fishing pier, dock, pavilion, and shaded playground designed for children of differing abilities are just some of what you’ll find at Magnolia Park.
Kraft Heinz recalls over 5,000 cases of Capri Sun Wild Cherry juice drink
The Kraft Heinz company announced a voluntary recall of approximately 5,760 cases of Capri Sun Wild Cherry Flavored Juice Drink Blend beverages.
Why gas is actually cheap in America
This summer at the local gas station in Tabor, Iowa, Stacey Rycroft, and her husband reached an undesirable milestone: $100 to fill the tank of their Chevrolet Traverse. “It’s a pretty high …
Local News
Demings, Soto, Murphy announce grant funding for Central Florida LYNX & FDOT
Reps. Val Demings (FL-10), Darren Soto (FL-09), and Stephanie Murphy (FL-07) announced new federal grants for LYNX and FDOT.
AAA: Florida gas prices fall for the ninth consecutive week
Florida drivers are now paying an average price of $3.65 per gallon. That's the lowest daily average since March 3rd, 2022. 
In case you missed it: The Apopka news week in review
In case you missed it. The Apopka news week in review includes seven articles that shaped the city last week... all in one place, including details on Camp Wewa's manager being dismissed.
Fundraising: Former commissioner donates to Becker campaign
The 2022 Primary/Election Day is fast approaching, and candidates in three key races for Apopka voters are sharpening their messages and looking to August 23rd.
Farmworkers remembered in special exhibit and events at the Museum of the Apopkans
Agriculture has been a part of Apopka’s history for many years. The designation of “The Indoor Foliage Capital of the World.”
CareerSource of Central Florida unites with local businesses offering workforce solutions to help individuals during opioid recovery
The opioid epidemic has been fueled by COVID-19. According to some of the latest research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Demand for single-family homes surged in the past two years as the coronavirus pandemic prompted people to look for more living space.
Local Apopka non-profit Candy’s Cats invites you to join them for an un-furr-getable event benefiting the shelter at 3 Odd Guys Brewery on Saturday, August 13th, from 3 PM – 6 PM. Since …
Business
Is the US in a recession? Well, that depends on whom you ask – and what measure they use
The U.S. economy shrank at an annual rate of 0.9% from April through June, the Bureau of Economic Analysis estimated on July 28, 2022. It follows a quarterly contraction in GDP of 1.6%.
The National Entrepreneur Center and BizLink Orange are fueling a job creation renaissance in Central Florida
Launched in 2003, the NEC is a coaching and training facility for Central Florida entrepreneurs, with over 15,000 people per year receiving assistance on a myriad of business-related subjects.
Lake Apopka Natural Gas District lends a helping hand to the community
At Lake Apopka Natural Gas District, we want our customers in Apopka, Clermont, Winter Garden, and beyond to know they should never have to face these struggles alone.
Orthodontic consultations are free, and you get a chance to sit down with a professional and get an overview of your child's dental status one-on-one.
Non-tipped hourly positions start at a competitive pay of $16.25/hour, and all new hourly associates hired for these positions are eligible for the $1,000 sign-on bonus.
Lease-to-Own is a model that allows customers to make a monthly lease payment, with a portion of it going toward owning the property.
A new batch of superstars are taking Latin music global and have the genre projected to make $1B in the US this year, per Music Business Worldwide.
Health

The importance of seeing an Orthodontist for Clear Aligner treatment

Aligners have been around now for about 30 years. Much longer than most people think. But it's only become a more effective option than braces in the last five years.

Fight the Bite: Orange County prepared for Mosquito Season

With the hot, rainy afternoons upon us, residents should take comfort in the fact that Orange County Mosquito Control is working to keep mosquito populations manageable.

Topaz Clinical Research in Apopka currently recruiting children and adolescents ages 6-17 for a clinical trial evaluating the safety and effectiveness of rimegepant for the acute treatment of migraine

The World Health Organization classifies migraine as one of the 10 most disabling medical illnesses, which occurs in approximately four to 11 percent of elementary school-aged children and eight to 15 percent of high school-aged adolescents.

August 6th is deadline for FDOH immunizations in Orange County

This Saturday, August 6th, is the last day of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County’s FREE school immunizations EVENT for Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) children …

Community Health Centers offers free COVID-19 vaccines for children

Community Health Centers is currently offering COVID-19 vaccines for children ages six months to five years in Apopka, and Orange County.

Florida Nonprofit helps children cope with prolonged grief

New Hope for Kids in Maitland runs a program designed to bring hope and healing to children and families suffering from grief, for as long as they need.

Florida closing in on 400 monkeypox cases, mostly in large urban enclaves

Data from the Florida Department of Health show monkeypox cases in 17 counties — roughly a quarter of the 67 counties in Florida.

Why declaring monkeypox a global health emergency is a preventative step – not a reason for panic

As a global health expert who specializes in infectious disease epidemiology, I do not think that most people need to be worried about monkeypox. This decision by the WHO, though it may sound ominous, is not a sign of bad things to come.

AdventHealth named top hospital in Central Florida

AdventHealth Orlando has been recognized as a 2022-2023 Best Hospital by U.S. News & World Report. The hospital was rated the No. 1 hospital in the Orlando metro area.

5 Easy Stretches for Seniors with Back Pain

Back pain is the second most common reason for doctor’s office visits, accounting for more than 28 million visits in 2010.  Here are five easy stretches to reduce back pain in seniors. 

Monkeypox now a public health emergency of international concern; Florida cases rank 3rd in the US

Florida ranks third in the list of states, with 247 monkeypox cases, according to a nationwide map from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Food expiration dates don’t have much science behind them – a food safety researcher explains another way to know what’s too old to eat

Avoiding unseen food hazards is the reason people often check the dates on food packaging. And printed with the month and year is often one of a dizzying array of phrases.

Government
The Apopka Voice publishes a weekly arrest report that includes arrests, crashes, calls for service, and traffic citations. This report is for the week ending August 8th.
If approved by voters on the November 8th ballot, the ordinance would take effect as early as November 21st and last for one year.
The Apopka Voice publishes a weekly burglary report from the Apopka Police Department that includes reported burglaries of businesses, residences, and vehicles. 
If you have any information on the whereabouts of Elder Mazariegos, please contact the Apopka Police Department at 407-703-1771.
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings and District 2 Orange County Commissioner Christine Moore welcome visitors back to this beautiful eco-wonder Magnolia Park.
Apopka Police Department Burglary Report: July 24th-30th
The Apopka Voice publishes a weekly burglary report from the Apopka Police Department that includes reported burglaries of businesses, residences, and vehicles. 
Developing Story: City dismisses Camp Wewa's manager
Gary Fuchs, the first manager of Camp Wewa, has been dismissed by the City of Apopka after less than one year on the job.
A budget should be more than a bill paying exercise
Apopka, for good or bad, is treading water, and there is no reason to expect anything different anytime soon. It's budget seems etched in stone even before it's approved.
Education
To date, the District has funded 75 water resource education projects with a total of nearly $105,000 awarded to local schools.
The Apopka Blue Darters football team fell just one game short of its fourth state championship last year. But their quest begins again later this month.
The Florida Department of Revenue has released a Frequently Asked Questions document about the 2022 tax holiday, which outlines items exempt from sales taxes.
This year’s application cycle opens Aug. 1 through Sept. 15, 2022, at 5 p.m. Teachers in grades 6–12 at public and charter schools within the St. Johns River Water Management District are eligible.

Inflation’s impact on back-to-school shopping

The back-to-school market is now worth $34.4B for K-12 students, per Deloitte. And this year, parents are expected to spend an average of $661 per child, up 8% and 27% from 2019.
Schools are the ‘hubs and hearts’ of neighborhoods – here’s how they can strengthen the communities around them
Food deserts. Poor housing conditions. Lack of community investment. These challenges may not always come to mind when people think about how to improve America’s public schools.
6 ways to keep kids’ school skills sharp over the summer
Worried your kids will forget what they learned in school over the summer? Scholars have been studying the problem for over a century.
Six ways to save on school supplies this tax holiday season
In a couple of weeks, from July 25 through August 7, Florida will hold its annual school sales tax holiday. During that period, consumers can curb school supply costs with savings designated by the Florida legislature.
Opinion

Conduct unbecoming a candidate: Johnson crosses a line and the race for Seat #3 gets ugly

In the Apopka City Commission Seat #3 special election, the tension apparently smoldered for two days after the debate until it escalated into a five-alarm fire.
Overall, the budget is balanced and provides increases in salaries, and academic reimbursement for Fire and Police, along with new/additional positions across all departments and a few new fleet vehicles.
Apopka is home for so many of us and deserves to be properly maintained and cared for. I encourage our citizens to get involved however they can in enhancing our great city.
Over two months have passed, but little has been done on any of those three issues, except for a stranger than fiction "secret" City Commission on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
As Apopka grieves, our prayers remain with the family of Austin Duran
We regret any emotional distress the timing of the original article may have caused Apopka residents, its firefighters, or Austin's family and friends.
Dumey: "Build a better city by having faith in the commitment of our elected city commissioners and mayor"
I read with interest the article “For Apopka to transition from small town to modern city, it needs to upgrade” published on July 5, 2022, and wish to respond with the “other angle of the story”. 
Klepper: "We must strive to eliminate any and all unnecessary risks posed to our members"
The Apopka Firefighters Union President Alex Klepper released the following statement about the June 30th  accident to Firefighter/EMT Austin Duran at Fire Station #1.
For Apopka to transition from small town to modern city, it needs to upgrade
Apopka is a booming city with over 55,000 residents and consistent growth. It can no longer call itself a small town. But is Apopka ready to do the things necessary to become a modern city?
Committees, workshops and commissions are great, but action is better
Call it growing pains, or a need to manage its growth, but there are issues that could thwart Apopka's success if not dealt with soon.
Bonus Content

From butterfly gardens to throwback hotels: 10 airport attractions worth checking out

Bounce searched for some of the most interesting and unique attractions found in airports around the world.

Quality of life signs to check for your aging pet

Native Pet curated a list of recommendations from expert and veterinary resources for evaluating the quality of life of aging pets.

Average mortgage debt rose 14% over the past 5 years

How has the average mortgage debt grown in the past five years? Experian analyzed data collected from mortgage holders across the U.S. to find out.

Here's how credit card debt varies by state in 2022

See how you compare to the average in your state with this analysis of credit card debt across the U.S. compiled by Experian.

Does your lawn need a breather? The importance and benefits of aeration

(BPT) - Sometimes we need to take a breather, and your lawn is no different. Aeration — the process of extracting cores of soil, thatch and grass from the lawn surface — lets your lawn …

Worried about your teen driver? These 6 steps will put you both at ease

(BPT) - It seems like just yesterday you were watching your child's first steps, and today she is asking for the keys to the car. While your teen may be excited about the prospect of driving, you …

9 maneras fáciles de estar al aire libre y mantenerse activo

(BPT) - Thom Carroll, cortesía de RTCEste verano, las aventuras al aire libre están más cerca de casa de lo que piensa. En todo el país existen más de 5,000 …

Want to become financially healthy? Learn how tech tools can help

(BPT) - Could your finances use a checkup? If so, you’re not alone. According to the Financial Health Network, "Financial Health Pulse: 2021 U.S. Trends Report," nearly two-thirds of Americans …